FIRST season sire Havana Grey was responsible for two of the top three highest priced yearlings at Tattersalls on Thursday, as Book 3 of the October Yearling Sale got underway.
Of the 281 yearlings offered on Thursday, 247 were sold, for a clearance rate of 88%. The average price for the session was 30,960gns (up 10%) and the median came in at 26,000gns (same as last year).
Rabbah Bloodstock was the day's biggest spender, buying eight yearlings for a total outlay of 302,000gns.
The day's top price was 140,000gns, paid by agent Cormac McCormack on behalf of M.V. Magnier for a son of Gleneagles from the family of the recent Group 1 Grosser Preis von Baden winner Mendocino.
The colt was consigned by Denis Brosnan's Croom House Stud.
McCormack said: "He is the nicest horse in the sale, he is a lovely horse, a great step, good delivery and a touch of class about him. Everyone says that [Coolmore] only buys expensive horses, but I think this is a nice horse. The colt was well placed in the sale by his owner and was well paid."
The colt is the mare's second foal – her first who is named Passing Storm (by Starspangledbanner) was a Tattersalls Ireland September Manor House Stud purchase in 2021 for €67,200. She has run twice and is entered for Saturday.
He is out of the Pivotal mare Shannow, an own-sister to the dam of Mendocino and the German Group 3 winner Marshmallow.
On behalf of Clipper Logistics, Joe Foley spent 125,000gns on a Havana Grey filly from Carmel Stud in Somerset, while Stroud Coleman Bloodstock gave 115,000gns for a Havana Grey full-sister to this year's talented two-year-old Cuban Mistress, consigned by Whitsbury Manor Stud, home of the stallion.
The sale continues on Friday.